As a game store employee, it's my job to stay on top of things concerning the gaming industry. Of course, to do so now would almost require an Xbox 360. Microsoft has gone out of their way to create a beast of a console, with many games worth owning. Despite have a year lead on the competition, it's not the most well-known console, but it has the largest library of great games. I'll start by listing the pros and cons of the console.
As I've said before, the Xbox 360 has the largest and strongest library of any 7th-generation console. No matter what kind of gamer you are, there are several titles per genre on the Xbox 360 to satisfy you. Hardcore shooting fans can feed their fire with hot titles like Gears of War, Halo 3, and Call of Duty 4. Role-playing gamers can find many hours of joy playing games like Blue Dragon, Oblivion and the upcoming Lost Odyssey. No matter what kind of gamer you are, there is much fun to be had with the Xbox 360.
The console's power determines its potential in later years. For gaming, the Xbox 360 is arguably the most powerful console of the Big Three- the others are the Nintendo Wii and the Sony Playstation 3. The Xbox 360 features a triple-core 3.2 Ghz processor that can handle 2 threads per core. The Graphics Unit is a next-generation model developed with ATI. It features 10 MB of EDRAM with ridiculous bandwidth, enabling powerful graphics calculations without affecting system performance. Bottom line: Future games will keep you picking your jaw up off the floor.
Xbox Live, the Xbox 360's online component, is one of the system's strongest selling points. For just $50 a year, you can be online with a 10 million-strong gaming community. Play online with your buddies, talk to friends over voice and video chat, instantly invite your friends from in-game menus, download tons of game add-ons and demos for free- there's tons of stuff to do with Xbox Live. It's very user-friendly and absolutely worth the extra money.
Other features make this console worth owning, as well. For instance, anyone can plug in their iPod or mp3 player and listen to their favorite music during every single game they play. You can even rip CDs to the hard drive. Owners can stream their media from their PC using Windows Media Center. Movies can be rented and watched over Xbox Live Marketplace. No matter what you're in to, it's easy to find lots of use for the Xbox 360.
The main problem with the Xbox 30 would be the sketchy build quality, at best. The Xbox 360 is prone to many problems: Many owners know about the Red Ring of Death. The Red Ring is a manufacturer defect that flashes 3 red lights on the startup button. This warning means the system is inoperable, and needs repair. This problem is far too common than it should be. Thankfully, Microsoft has extended the warranty for this problem to three years. Despite the revision, it can still deter people from purchasing the Xbox 360.
Accessory prices can be very high. A wireless controller for the 360 costs $50US, and a wireless network adaptor can cost $100. While there are cheaper options for every owner, the amount of money spent can add up quickly.
Overall, I have found the Xbox 360 to be a great investment. Combined with a powerful library, the best online component, and a slew of features, the Xbox 360 could turn out to be a winner for almost every gamer.